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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

Repeat Offender Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Crime Wave Involving Conterfeiting, Stolen Gun And Stolen Car

Defendant Traveled to Washington from Colorado in Stolen Car Spreading Counterfeit Money

January 1, 2010

            A Colorado repeat offender was sentenced to 12 years in prison today in U.S. District Court in Seattle for possession of a stolen gun, counterfeiting and using counterfeit money and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  JEFFREY A. DORSEY, 37, from El Paso County, Colorado, was arrested in Federal Way, Washington on January 18, 2012.  At the time of his arrest DORSEY tried to elude arrest by jumping from the second story of a building and running into a snow covered field.  His arrest capped quick work by Federal Way Police after a citizen reported getting counterfeit money from the sale of a car.  Chief U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman also imposed three years of supervised release.

            According to records filed in the case DORSEY’s criminal spree began in El Paso County, Colorado where a house sitter allowed DORSEY into the home the sitter was tending.  DORSEY stole a firearm, ammunition, a GPS device and the homeowner’s gray Subaru.  On January 18, 2012, DORSEY responded to a Craigslist ad posted by a Federal Way man.  The man was selling a non-running car.  DORSEY wanted the car to obtain a Washington Title so he could counterfeit a title for the stolen Subaru and sell it.  DORSEY paid the Federal Way man with counterfeit bills, saying he’d be back later with a trailer to retrieve the car.  When the man tried to spend the bills from DORSEY he learned they were fakes, and alerted police.  The man described the gray Subaru and Federal Way Police started searching parking lots in the area for the car.  They located it at the Days Inn on Pacific Highway South.  When DORSEY returned to the car he tried to flee from police, jumping from the second story of a building.  In the snow near where he was arrested police recovered the gun that was stolen in Colorado.  Law enforcement also recovered ammunition, computers and printers used for counterfeiting, and $5,460 in counterfeit currency.

            DORSEY has prior convictions for burglary, robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of armed bank robbery and kidnapping.  He is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.  DORSEY has agreed to plead guilty to the residential burglary in Colorado, with a concurrent 15 year sentence.

            The case was investigated by the Federal Way Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).  The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Hobbs.  Mr. Hobbs is a Senior Deputy King County Prosecutor, specially designated to prosecute gun crimes in federal court.

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